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No worldly wave my mind can toss,
I brooks that is another's bane. I fear no foe, nor fawn on friend,
I loathe not life, nor dread mine end. I joy not in an earthly bliss;
I weigh not Croesus'5 wealth a straw; For care,
I care not what it is;
For beauty bright or force of love.
I wander not to seek for more; I like the plain, I climb no hill;
In greatest storms I sit on shore, And laugh at them that toil in vain
To get what must be lost again. I kiss not where I wish to kill ;
I feign not love where most I hate; I break no sleep to win my will ;
I wait not at the mighty's gate; I scorn no poor, I fear no rich,
I feel no want, nor have too much. This is my choice ; for why?-I find
No wealth is like a quiet mind.
3 brook, bear.
injurious, or which really is so.
. Crcesus, an ancient King of Lydia,
of fabulous wealth. 6 I wish only what I can have if I
What pleasures have great princes
More dainty to their choice,
In quiet life rejoice;
At night they take their rest;
His ship into the east,
They 'steem it not a straw :-
Is of itself a law :
Not caring much for gold;
To keep him from the cold :Though poor and plain his diet, Yet merry it is and quiet.
dainty, but getting either is not easy-from distance, &c.
JOHN MILTON.-Born, 1608; Died, 1674. Milton ranks next after Shakspeare among English poets. His “ Paradise Lost” is his greatest poem. He was Latin secretary to Cromwell.
HYMN ON THE NATIVITY.
It was the winter wild,
All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies;
With her great Master so to sympathise :
To hide her guilty front with innocent snow ;
The saintly veil of maiden-white to throw;
She, crown'd with olive green, came softly sliding Down through the turning sphere,
1 gaudy trim, summer glory.
paramour, lover. 3 pollute, for polluted.
4 turning sphere, the revolving
His ready harbinger,
With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing;
The idle spear and shield were high up hung;
The trumpet spake not to the armed throng ;
But peaceful was the night,
His reign of peace upon the earth began :
Whispering new joys to the mild Ocean,
The stars, with deep amaze,
Bending one way their precious influence;
Or Lucifer, 10 had often warn'd them thence;
5 harbinger, herald.
Roman Empire) when Christ was
? chariots had hooked knives pro
jecting from their wheels. 8 Hushed. 9 For all, though. 10 Lucifer, the morning star.
But in their glimmering orbs did glow,
The sun himself withheld his wonted speed,
The new-enlighten'd world no more should need;
Sat simply chatting in a rustic row;
Was kindly come to live with them below;
As never was by mortal fingers strook,13
As all their souls in blissful rapture took:
I Had retired.
ideal heathen god of antiquity.
shepherds and flocks, but it became at a later time the symbol
of the universe and of its Lord. struck 14 close, period, or bar